The pandemic cut short the academic year for me and my high school theatre students, but we are finding ways to connect—and some silver linings.
Without signposts and ceremonies to mark our lives, we have no one but ourselves to guide us to our next chapters.
One way we might use this anxious downtime: to imagine a theatre field that’s better and fairer than the one we’ve known.
In this time of listening and reflection, might we return theatre to its essentials? We can at least start sketching our way there.
The 24 Hour Plays, a theatremaking model founded on rapid creation and collaboration, is doubling down on a core strength: the relationship between writers and actors.
This two-actor household lost work in two musicals on the same day, and the future looks uncertain.
Though we’re cut off for the time being from our greatest source of strength, human kindness will get us through this crisis.
It’s just one set and three characters (very producible!), but the world probably doesn’t ever need to see this family dramedy.
If a dramaturg’s job is to be a great unifier, what can there be to do in this time of great separation?
Through the fear and uncertainty of an open-ended pandemic, it’s crucial to take time to reconnect with yourself and your surroundings.